5 “Call if you will, but who will answer you?(A) To which of the holy ones(B) will you turn? 2 Resentment(C) kills a fool, and envy slays the simple.(D) 3 I myself have seen(E) a fool taking root,(F) but suddenly(G) his house was cursed.(H) 4 His children(I) are far from safety,(J) crushed in court(K) without a defender.(L) 5 The hungry consume his harvest,(M) taking it even from among thorns, and the thirsty pant after his wealth. 6 For hardship does not spring from the soil, nor does trouble sprout from the ground.(N) 7 Yet man is born to trouble(O) as surely as sparks fly upward.
8 “But if I were you, I would appeal to God; I would lay my cause before him.(P) 9 He performs wonders(Q) that cannot be fathomed,(R) miracles that cannot be counted.(S) 10 He provides rain for the earth;(T) he sends water on the countryside.(U) 11 The lowly he sets on high,(V) and those who mourn(W) are lifted(X) to safety. 12 He thwarts the plans(Y) of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success.(Z) 13 He catches the wise(AA) in their craftiness,(AB) and the schemes of the wily are swept away.(AC) 14 Darkness(AD) comes upon them in the daytime; at noon they grope as in the night.(AE) 15 He saves the needy(AF) from the sword in their mouth; he saves them from the clutches of the powerful.(AG) 16 So the poor(AH) have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth.(AI)
17 “Blessed is the one whom God corrects;(AJ) so do not despise the discipline(AK) of the Almighty.[a](AL) 18 For he wounds, but he also binds up;(AM) he injures, but his hands also heal.(AN) 19 From six calamities he will rescue(AO) you; in seven no harm will touch you.(AP) 20 In famine(AQ) he will deliver you from death, and in battle from the stroke of the sword.(AR) 21 You will be protected from the lash of the tongue,(AS) and need not fear(AT) when destruction comes.(AU) 22 You will laugh(AV) at destruction and famine,(AW) and need not fear the wild animals.(AX) 23 For you will have a covenant(AY) with the stones(AZ) of the field, and the wild animals will be at peace with you.(BA) 24 You will know that your tent is secure;(BB) you will take stock of your property and find nothing missing.(BC) 25 You will know that your children will be many,(BD) and your descendants like the grass of the earth.(BE) 26 You will come to the grave in full vigor,(BF) like sheaves gathered in season.(BG)
27 “We have examined this, and it is true. So hear it(BH) and apply it to yourself.”(BI)
6 Then Job replied:
2 “If only my anguish could be weighed and all my misery be placed on the scales!(BJ) 3 It would surely outweigh the sand(BK) of the seas— no wonder my words have been impetuous.(BL) 4 The arrows(BM) of the Almighty(BN) are in me,(BO) my spirit drinks(BP) in their poison;(BQ) God’s terrors(BR) are marshaled against me.(BS) 5 Does a wild donkey(BT) bray(BU) when it has grass, or an ox bellow when it has fodder?(BV) 6 Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the sap of the mallow[b]?(BW) 7 I refuse to touch it; such food makes me ill.(BX)
8 “Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for,(BY) 9 that God would be willing to crush(BZ) me, to let loose his hand and cut off my life!(CA) 10 Then I would still have this consolation(CB)— my joy in unrelenting pain(CC)— that I had not denied the words(CD) of the Holy One.(CE)
11 “What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?(CF) 12 Do I have the strength of stone? Is my flesh bronze?(CG) 13 Do I have any power to help myself,(CH) now that success has been driven from me?
14 “Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend(CI) forsakes the fear of the Almighty.(CJ) 15 But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams,(CK) as the streams that overflow 16 when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow,(CL) 17 but that stop flowing in the dry season, and in the heat(CM) vanish from their channels. 18 Caravans turn aside from their routes; they go off into the wasteland and perish. 19 The caravans of Tema(CN) look for water, the traveling merchants of Sheba(CO) look in hope. 20 They are distressed, because they had been confident; they arrive there, only to be disappointed.(CP) 21 Now you too have proved to be of no help; you see something dreadful and are afraid.(CQ) 22 Have I ever said, ‘Give something on my behalf, pay a ransom(CR) for me from your wealth,(CS) 23 deliver me from the hand of the enemy, rescue me from the clutches of the ruthless’?(CT)
24 “Teach me, and I will be quiet;(CU) show me where I have been wrong.(CV) 25 How painful are honest words!(CW) But what do your arguments prove? 26 Do you mean to correct what I say, and treat my desperate words as wind?(CX) 27 You would even cast lots(CY) for the fatherless(CZ) and barter away your friend.
28 “But now be so kind as to look at me. Would I lie to your face?(DA) 29 Relent, do not be unjust;(DB) reconsider, for my integrity(DC) is at stake.[c](DD) 30 Is there any wickedness on my lips?(DE) Can my mouth not discern(DF) malice?
7 “Do not mortals have hard service(DG) on earth?(DH) Are not their days like those of hired laborers?(DI) 2 Like a slave longing for the evening shadows,(DJ) or a hired laborer waiting to be paid,(DK) 3 so I have been allotted months of futility, and nights of misery have been assigned to me.(DL) 4 When I lie down I think, ‘How long before I get up?’(DM) The night drags on, and I toss and turn until dawn.(DN) 5 My body is clothed with worms(DO) and scabs, my skin is broken and festering.(DP)
6 “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle,(DQ) and they come to an end without hope.(DR) 7 Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath;(DS) my eyes will never see happiness again.(DT) 8 The eye that now sees me will see me no longer; you will look for me, but I will be no more.(DU) 9 As a cloud vanishes(DV) and is gone, so one who goes down to the grave(DW) does not return.(DX) 10 He will never come to his house again; his place(DY) will know him no more.(DZ)
11 “Therefore I will not keep silent;(EA) I will speak out in the anguish(EB) of my spirit, I will complain(EC) in the bitterness of my soul.(ED) 12 Am I the sea,(EE) or the monster of the deep,(EF) that you put me under guard?(EG) 13 When I think my bed will comfort me and my couch will ease my complaint,(EH) 14 even then you frighten me with dreams and terrify(EI) me with visions,(EJ) 15 so that I prefer strangling and death,(EK) rather than this body of mine.(EL) 16 I despise my life;(EM) I would not live forever.(EN) Let me alone;(EO) my days have no meaning.(EP)
17 “What is mankind that you make so much of them, that you give them so much attention,(EQ) 18 that you examine them every morning(ER) and test them(ES) every moment?(ET) 19 Will you never look away from me,(EU) or let me alone even for an instant?(EV) 20 If I have sinned, what have I done to you,(EW) you who see everything we do? Why have you made me your target?(EX) Have I become a burden to you?[d](EY) 21 Why do you not pardon my offenses and forgive my sins?(EZ) For I will soon lie down in the dust;(FA) you will search for me, but I will be no more.”(FB)
On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered(B) throughout Judea and Samaria.(C)2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him.3 But Saul(D) began to destroy the church.(E) Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.
Philip in Samaria
4 Those who had been scattered(F) preached the word wherever they went.(G)5 Philip(H) went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there.6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said.7 For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many,(I) and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed.(J)8 So there was great joy in that city.
Simon the Sorcerer
9 Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery(K) in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great,(L)10 and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.”(M)11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery.12 But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God(N) and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized,(O) both men and women.13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles(P) he saw.
14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria(Q) had accepted the word of God,(R) they sent Peter and John(S) to Samaria.15 When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit,(T)16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them;(U) they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.(V)17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them,(W) and they received the Holy Spirit.(X)
18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money19 and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
20 Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!(Y)21 You have no part or share(Z) in this ministry, because your heart is not right(AA) before God.22 Repent(AB) of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”
24 Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me(AC) so that nothing you have said may happen to me.”
25 After they had further proclaimed the word of the Lord(AD) and testified about Jesus, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages.(AE)
Morrinsville Baptist is a church of 250-300 people from all ages and all walks of life who live or work in and around Morrinsville, New Zealand. Our faith in Jesus Christ is our common bond, and we are committed to living by the values and principles taught by Jesus, as we actively promote his Kingdom through our shared life as a church as well as through our personal daily lives.